On the 15th of September 2016, Asia Business Connect hosted the ASEAN/Thailand M&A 2016: Legal, Tax & Business Strategies for Successful Cross-Border Acquisition Conference, with Mr. John Evans, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tractus Asia, chairing Day 1 of the conference. Mr. Evans delivered the opening remarks and moderated an executive roundtable discussion on the opportunities and challenges within the M&A environment in ASEAN. Presentations were delivered by lawyers and advisors from all across the ASEAN region. Some of the companies in attendance included Thai Oil, East Water, UAC, PTT Polymer Marketing Company Limited, CIMB-Principal Asset Management, DFDL, and Chandler & Thong-Ek.
The purpose of the conference was to highlight the prevailing trends in the ASEAN/Thailand M&A landscape and provide a forum for participants to examine case studies by the professionals who have navigated through the uncertain environment.
While investment into ASEAN may have slowed over the last couple of years, the Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) region saw a six-fold increase in investment in 2015. The member states of ASEAN are first looking inward for investment and often finding it as intra-ASEAN investment has generated the largest share of investment into ASEAN for the last two years. Corporate governance is starting to play a bigger role as development in the ASEAN region increases and corporate governance standards converge on a global scale. Moreover, ASEAN is made up of a diverse group of member states and will never be without its challenges, and this conference provided a platform to bring interested parties together to help advance the ASEAN M&A environment.
About Asia Business Connect
Asia Business Connect, Thailand’s leading conference and training organizer, is managed by a team of dedicated and talented professionals with more than 20 years experience and expertise in conference management and organization as well as training activities for major businesses and their key executives in Thailand and other countries in Asia, which include Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.
About Tractus Asia Limited
Tractus Asia Ltd. is a leading Asia-based foreign direct investment advisory firm focused on assisting companies, investment and trade promotion agencies and multi-lateral organizations develop and execute their Asia trade, investment and growth strategies. We work to develop the most cost-effective approaches for our clients to establish operations, make acquisitions, expand, or diversify their manufacturing and service industry investments throughout Asia.